Music Education Faculty
Dr. Lisa Grevlos
Director of Vocal Studies/Choral Director/Voice Instructor/Vocal Music Education
Dr. Lisa Grevlos is associate professor of music and Director of Vocal Studies at Augustana College. She directs the Augustana Opera Workshop Theatre program, conducts the Augustana Women’s Choir –Angelus, and teaches in the areas of applied voice, vocal pedagogy, singer’s diction, and choral music education. Dr. Grevlos performs frequently as a soloist in the region for recitals, operas, oratorios, and musical theatre. She has been a guest soloist with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra in “A Night at the Opera” and the Brahms Requiem and was the featured soprano vocalist with the Sioux Falls Municipal Band for fifteen years. Recent engagements have included a faculty recital featuring original compositions of Augustana College composers, various roles in Sounds of South Dakota, Inc. productions - most recently as Gretal in Englebert Humperdinck's opera "Hansel and Gretel", soprano soloist in the Augustana Orchestra's production of Faure’s Pelléas and Mélisande, and soprano soloist in the Swiss Chorale Society’s performance of Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. She has been a regional finalist and scholarship recipient in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and was a semi-finalist in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Auditions.
Along with her duties at Augustana College, she is president of Sounds of South Dakota, Inc. a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect South Dakota professional vocal artists in opera, recital, and musical theatre performance with regional audiences. In September 2012, she will serve as stage director for the Sounds of South Dakota, Inc. production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" starring internationally acclaimed bass-baritone, Samuel Ramey, accompanied by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Delta David Gier in the Mary Sommervold Hall of the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science. Dr. Grevlos also serves as a frequent adjudicator and clinician throughout the Midwest. She is a member of MTNA and ACDA and is the High School and Collegiate Vocal Competition Chair for SDMTA and the soprano adjudicator for SD-ACDA Honor Choir. She received the doctor of arts degree in voice performance and opera stage directing from the University of Northern Colorado. She holds master of music degrees from Northwestern University, Evanston, in voice performance and choral conducting, and she completed her undergraduate degree in music education at Augustana College.
Dr. Scott Johnson, Chair of the Department
Music Education/Music for the Theatre/Music Appreciation
Dr. Scott R. Johnson is associate professor of music, music education instructor and musical theatre director. He was instrumental in building the Augustana College and Community Orchestra. He previously served as coordinator of instrumental music at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and director of orchestral studies at the University of Central Arkansas, Conway. During the summer of 1998 he directed the Lutheran Summer Music orchestra. He is recognized as a conductor, clinician and adjudicator of music festivals throughout the Midwest. He has served as either principal or section bassist with fourteen different orchestras in South Dakota, Arkansas, Illinois and Minnesota. He has also served as a member of the South Dakota Symphony Board of Directors. After earning a bachelor of arts degree with emphasis in orchestral conducting from Macalester College, he received the master of music in orchestral conducting from Illinois State University and the doctor of philosophy in music education from Northwestern University.
History of Jazz/Notational Software
Robert Joyce teaches courses in notational software, jazz history and 20th century music history. He is an accomplished composer, producer and educator and is executive director of the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society, which produces the acclaimed JazzFest in Sioux Falls each summer. His expertise in electronic music composition and knowledge of jazz music have made him a highly sought-after speaker, adjudicator and clinician. He has been host of “Sunday Night Jazz,” a highly rated weekly radio program on KELO FM Radio and South Dakota Public Radio. He graduated from Augustana College with a bachelor of arts and also earned a master of arts degree from Augustana.
Dr. John Pennington
Percussion Instructor/Global Music
Dr. John Pennington is an educator, composer, performer, author, producer and conductor. Dr. Pennington is currently a Professor of Music at Augustana College and is the Artistic Director of the Animas Music Festival in Durango, Colorado. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Arizona, and Arizona State. Dr. Pennington is an orchestral percussionist, who currently performs with the South Dakota Symphony and the Music in the Mountains Music Festival Orchestra. Dr. Pennington is currently a Cultural Envoy for the State Department in the Middle East (most recently Lebanon), where he presents concerts, clinics and masterclasses.
With more than thirty recordings to date, he has recorded for the Ensemble 21, Summit, Cristo, OCP, and Equilibrium labels. Recent recording releases include: Brasileirinho, South American Music for Guitar and Percussion (co-produced composed and arranged — 2010), Steps (co-produced composed and arranged — 2008), Music for Trumpet and Percussion with Stephen Dunn, Lou Harrison, American Gamelan (produced, conducted and performed — 2007), Compassionate and Wise (co-produced, composed and performed — 2006 — Equilibrium Press). With performances on four continents and over twenty-five states, he has performed on Prairie Home Companion and has been a featured performer at three Percussive Arts Society International Conventions.
Active as a composer and arranger, Pennington has over twenty-five compositions for soloist, duo, chamber and films and dozens of arrangements for numerous instrumental and vocal combinations. Extensive studies in world music have included experience in African, Middle Eastern, Indonesian, Cuban and the South Indian Karnatak tradition. Recently, Dr. Pennington studied the Northern Hindustani tradition of music in Haridwar and Delhi, India and the Javanese and Balinese traditions of Indonesia. Please visit JohnPennington.com for more information.
Dr. Paul Schilf
Instrumental Music Education/Northlanders Jazz/History of Jazz
Dr. Paul R. Schilf is in his 12th year at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. During this academic year (through the sabbatical leave of Dr. Bruce Amman), Dr. Schilf is conducting The Augustana Band. During prior years, he has conducted the College & Community Concert Band, The Northlander's Jazz Ensemble, the Jazz Lab Band, and the Augustana Brass Choir. Additionally, he teaches classes in brass pedagogy, music education and supervises the instrumental student teachers. Prior to his appointment at Augustana College, Dr. Schilf was on the faculty at Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. He holds the Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Concordia University, Chicago, IL, also the Master of Arts Degree, with an emphasis in conducting, the Doctorate of Philosophy Degree in Music Education both from the University of Iowa. Schilf has taught all levels of instrumental music.
Dr. Schilf’s research interests lie in intergenerational instrumental music education and in the supervision of instrumental music student teachers. He has presented clinics and presentations across the United States on these very topics including the prestigious International Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic. Dr. Schilf has led six international tours with intergenerational ensembles and has conducted these ensembles across Europe and Asia. His intergenerational research, student teaching supervision information, and music education articles have appeared in prominent national magazines and journals.
In November of 1992 Dr. Schilf was recognized as an Outstanding Nationally Certified teacher of music by the Music Educator's National Conference. An honor he maintains yet today. He is currently Executive Director of the South Dakota Music Educators Association and serves as one of only four All-State Band Adjudicators in South Dakota. His professional memberships include the National Association of Music Education (NAfME), South Dakota Bandmasters Association (SDBA), and The Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA).
Dr. Christopher Stanichar
Director of Orchestral Activities/Music History/Conducting
Christopher Stanichar (b. 1969) resides in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and is an active conductor, composer, and educator. He is in his fifth year as Associate Professor and Director Orchestras at Augustana College (Sioux Falls, SD), one of the region’s top-ranked liberal arts colleges, where he conducts the Augustana Orchestra and Augustana College & Community Orchestra. Recognized for his excellence, he was awarded the Jane and Charles Zaloudek Faculty Research Fellowship in 2011. He also conducts the South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra (SDSYO), Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra (NISO), and Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra in Minnesota.
Christopher is a popular guest conductor, having conducted some of the finest professional orchestras in Europe, Russia, Mexico, and the United States, including the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra (Russia), Sochi Symphony Orchestra (Russia), Orquesta Sinfónico Juvenil del Estado de Veracruz (Mexico), Everett Symphony Orchestra, and many others.
Christopher earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he was a student of Gerhard Samuel. He has been selectively chosen as a participant in conducting master classes with some of the finest teaching pedagogues, including Ilya Musin, Daniel Lewis, Ken Keisler, Gerard Schwartz, John Farrer, and Donald Thulean. In 1996 he was awarded a prestigious Fulbright scholarship to study conducting in Slovakia, appearing as a guest conductor with many of the greatest orchestras in that country. In 1997 Christopher was appointed Conducting Assistant for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, where was mentored by Maestros Jesús López-Cobos and Erich Kunzel.
Christopher is an active composer and his works have been commissioned and performed throughout the world. You may have heard his original work, Trisagion that was used in the Ric Burns’ PBS documentary, Andy Warhol. More recent projects include a full-length cantata, St. Mark Passion, written for the 150th anniversary of Augustana College as part of a Granskou grant. Another original composition, Variations on Theme by Handel for string orchestra is scheduled to be in the independent film, Dust of War, with a release date in late 2012. TrevCo-Varner Music publishes several of his works for English horn.
In his free time, Christopher’s interests outside of music include Russian icons, foreign languages, biking, and he is an avid pinball player. The most important thing to Christopher is his family. He enjoys making music with his wife, Kristi, and they are blessed four wonderful children, all of whom are active in music.
For more information about Christopher and a catalogue of his compositions, please visit